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LGBTQ Activist Ted Nugent Defends His Criticism of Joan Jett: “I Even Saluted the Lesbian Thing”

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Dr. Pastor Theodore Althea Nugent, LGBTQ activist and sometimes-guitarist, has come under fire for recent criticisms he made of Joan Jett’s skills as a guitar player.

Dr. Pastor Nugent made the comments while lambasting a senior citizen’s eleven-year-old list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists”:

“You have to have shit for brains and you have to be a soulless, soulless prick to put Joan Jett [on the list].”

Although Dr. Pastor Nugent is well-known for being a bastion of tolerance, he still took measures to clarify that his stance has nothing to do with Ms. Jett’s sexuality:

“[I] love Joan. Some of my greatest memories include lesbians. I love the lesbians; it’s a cocktail of wonderment.”

Despite this eloquent elucidation, some liberal snowflakes bristled at Dr. Pastor Nugent’s assertion. Said sheeple asserted that Dr. Pastor Nugent’s advocation for the list’s inclusion of more old white men like the dude from REO Speedwagon while criticizing one of literally only two women (along with Joni Mitchell) to make the cut might to be culturally tone-deaf.

Additionally, these overly-considerate-of-other-people’s-feelings critics questioned the subtext of Dr. Pastor Nugent calling out one of the only, if not the only, queer musicians to be included on the list.

Now, in a new interview with The Real Music Observer, Dr. Pastor Nugent has defended his comments, reminding everyone that he “even saluted the lesbian thing”:

“I started off by praising Joan Jett’s genuine shitkicker, down-to-earth, all-American rock and roll credentials. I started off by praising her. I even saluted the lesbian thing.

“Here’s the question: how on God’s good green earth could someone listen to what I say and then claim it’s about hate and about knocking and belittling? Joan’s awesome. I mean, The Runaways. Her whole, ‘Put another diamond in the jukebox, baby.’ I mean, she’s the real rock and roll McCoy. But belonging on the ‘top 100 guitar player’ list anywhere on planet earth, even ‘Boring’ Stone before genuine virtuosos of the six-string? THAT was my statement. I was only using Joan as an example because she happens to be a perfect one.”

Frustratingly, some detractors STILL believe Dr. Pastor Nugent’s comments about Ms. Jett to be bigoted in nature, positing that a) she has been famously private about her sexuality, b) her sexuality has no real place in a conversation about her skills as a guitarist regardless, and c) he could have pointed instead to other guitarists on the list who, like Ms. Jett, are known for their “feel” rather than their technical expertise (e.g. Johnny Ramone, Kurt Cobain, etc.).

Presumably anticipating just such an argument, Dr. Pastor Nugent went on to issue a preemptive retort. After reiterating that he believes there are “a hundred examples” of guitarists he believes are superior to Ms. Jett, Dr. Pastor Nugent said:

“I was only using that beautiful young lady as an example, and people literally went berserk trying to twist it into hate… There was no hate. I don’t have any hate. I had my hate amputated when I was five years old. No hate — all love and compassion and honesty.”

Indeed, it’s almost impossible to imagine how Dr. Pastor Nugent’s argument that “You have to have shit for brains and you have to be a soulless, soulless prick to put Joan Jett [on the list]” could be so badly misconstrued as “hateful.” But that’s liberals for ya.

Previous examples of Dr. Pastor Nugent’s complete absence of hate include an interview in which he said Blacks aren’t hard workers while using the n-word multiple times, defending South African apartheid, penning an editorial for The Washington Post in which he asserted that “it would have been best had the South won the Civil War,” and claiming that Jews who “hate freedom [and] hate good over evil” are responsible for all gun control legislation in the United States.

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